Sarah Claire Dunstan

Derek O’Leary

Spencer J. Weinreich

Editors Emeriti:

Madeline McMahon (founding ed.)

John Raimo (founding ed.)

Emily Rutherford (founding ed.)

Erin Schreiner

About the Editors

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Sarah Dunstan is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow with the Women and the History of International Thought project at the University of Sussex. Her current book project, A Tale of Two Republics: Race, Rights and Revolution in France and the United States, charts networks of intellectuals and activists connection race, gender and national belonging and access to rights across the Atlantic in the period between 1919 and 1963. Sarah’s publications include ‘Conflicts of Interest: The 1919 Pan-African Congress and the Wilsonian Moment,’ Callaloo, 39:1 (Winter 2016): 133-150 and ‘A Question of Allegiance: African American intellectuals, Présence Africaine and the 1956 Congrès des écrivains et artistes noirs,’ Australasian Journal of American Studies, 34:1, (July 2015):1-16.


Derek O’Leary is a Ph.D. candidate in UC Berkeley’s History Department and its 2019-2020 AHA Career Diversity Fellow. He studies and teaches about US history and the Atlantic World. His dissertation has to do with the construction of archives, historical memory, and Romantic historians in the early U.S. When at Berkeley, he co-runs an interdisciplinary working group on the early US and is Assistant Director of the Benelux program at the Institute of European Studies. He has an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.


Spencer J. Weinreich is an Ph.D. candidate in the history of science at Princeton University, studying early modern Europe and specializing in the history of prisons, the history of epidemic disease, and the history of theology. He received his M.Phil. in theology (ecclesiastical history) at the University of Oxford, where he was an Ertegun Scholar, and his B.A. in history from Yale University. His work has appeared in Early Science and MedicineNames: A Journal of OnomasticsThe Journal of Ecclesiastical HistoryGothic StudiesJournal of the History of Ideas, and Social History of Medicine.

About the Contributing Editors


Simon Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Berkeley. He works on early modern European intellectual history, and his dissertation focuses on the ways in which theology and political economy shaped ideas and practices of education in Britain between the Reformation and Enlightenment. He is also interested in the historical relationship between higher education, social science and intellectual history over the past century.


Kristin Buhrow is an MPhil student and Ertegun Scholar at the University of Oxford studying Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.  A South Carolina native, Kristin holds undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Modern Languages, Mandarin Chinese from Clemson University, where she was a Clemson National Scholar. Interested in comparative Chinese and Tibetan historiography, Kristin is currently writing on the Tang Dynasty Chinese Princess Wencheng and the role which her memory plays in modern Sino-Tibetan relations.

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Nuala F. Caomhanach is a doctoral student in the Department of History at New York University. Her research focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth century construction of time and systematic theory,  botanical science, biodiversity, gender and Big Data. Nuala is a biologist at the American Museum of Natural History where she tries to focus on botanical polyploids and not get distracted by charismatic invertebrates.

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Jonathon Catlin is an Ph.D. Candidate in History and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM) at Princeton University, where he studies modern European intellectual history. His research centers on the concept of catastrophe and philosophical responses to the Holocaust in German and Jewish thought. He received his M.A. in philosophy from KU Leuven and his B.A. in Fundamentals: Issues & Texts from the University of Chicago. His writings have appeared in The Point, Post45, and Antisemitism Studies.


Albert Hawks, Jr. is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is a fellow with the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. He holds an M.Div. and S.T.M. from Yale University. His research concerns comparative Islamic social movements in Southeast and East Asia in countries where Islam is a minority religion, and more broadly the cultural sociology of popular morality.


Andrew Hines studied at both the University of Oregon and the University of Tübingen, obtaining a BA in Philosophy. He also holds a MA in Philosophy from University College Dublin and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Queen Mary, University of London. His thesis was on the concept of metaphor in European philosophy after Nietzsche. A specialist in the history of metaphor theory and post-Kantian European philosophy, he is more broadly interested in the political power of language, the history of ideas, and the relation between philosophy and cognitive science. He has written for The Conversation, The Huffington Post, and Newsweek.

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Cynthia Houng is a doctoral candidate in the department of history at Princeton University. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of art and economic history. She began her academic career as a modernist, but now studies Renaissance and Early Modern European history and art history. A California girl transplanted to New York City, she tries to steal time away from her academic work to explore the city’s diverse spaces for arts and culture.


Pranav Kumar Jain is a Ph.D. student in history at Yale University. His research focuses on religion and politics in early modern Europe, with a special emphasis on late seventeenth-century England. Previously, he studied at Oxford as an Ertegun Scholar where he wrote his masters thesis on legal manifestations of anticlericalism in Restoration England.

Disha Karnad Jani is a writer and historian from Markham, Ontario. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of History at Princeton University, where she studies global/transnational history. She is interested in the politics and practices of anti-imperial resistance between the World Wars, in the British Empire and across sites of empire’s incarnation.

David Kretz is a PhD student in Germanic Studies and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Before Chicago, he finished an MA in Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Before that he studied philosophy, literature, and intellectual history at Bard College Berlin (formerly European College of Liberal Arts) and the University of Vienna. His current project is, first, to show that political agency, since the 19th century, has often been conceptualized on the model of poetic creation as some Romantics conceived of it, and, in a second step, to develop an alternative that looks to the translator rather than the poet as paradigm for political action. To this end, background issues in social theory, especially regarding the concepts of ‘world’ and ‘modernity’ are also of great interest. A persistent side-interest has been the theory and history of liberal education.


Brendan Mackie: Brendan Mackie is a PhD candidate in history at UC Berkeley. His dissertation will have something to do with clubs, bureaucracy, and pleasure in 18th Century Britain. His infrequently updated podcast can be found at


Luna Sarti is a Ph.D. student in the Italian Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on the shifting cultures and practices of water that bound the Arno river in Tuscany, thus shaping not only the Tuscan landscape but also its history and literature. Interested in exploring how histories of water and humans intersect, she spends a lot of time thinking through and with rivers.

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Anne Schult is a Ph.D. student in modern European history at New York University. Her research focuses on the intersection of migration, law, and demography. She is particularly interested in the impact of the quantitative social sciences on migration control and resettlement schemes in the western world between the 1920s and 1960s, as well as the rise of the concept of population in the 20th century.

Contributing Editors Emeriti

Daniel London

Eric Brandom

Brooke Palmieri

Jake Purcell

Basma N. Radwan

Yitzchak Schwartz

Carolyn Taratko

Our Editorial Intern:

Celeste Marcus is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in intellectual history with a focus on European enlightenment and modern thought. Her senior thesis A Printed People: Journalism and Jewish Consciousness in Nineteen Century British Jewry explored the intellectual and social origins of the first Jewish newspaper in England. She has remained close to the nexus of journalism and intellectual life. In 2015 she founded Or, an intercollegiate journal of ideas for which she served as editor and chief for the subsequent two and a half years. In the summer of 2016 she served as research assistant for former literary editor of the New Republic Leon Wieseltier on a forthcoming anthology of his work, and worked as a research assistant for New York Times columnist David Brooks on his recent book The Second Mountain the following summer. Celeste has worked at or participated in programing at the Brookings Institution, the Aspen Institute, the American Enterprise Institute and the Wolf Humanities Center.  She is now assisting in a research project about abuse and corruption on Native American reservations in South Dakota.

Editorial Intern Emerita:

Lauren Kelly (Ph.D. Student, USC)